The Laffer Gallery Presents: “Space + Volume”
Featuring Robert Gullie and Gyula Varosy
February 27 – April 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 5-8pm
The Laffer Gallery is proud to announce Space + Volume, bringing together artists Robert Gullie and Gyula Varosy in a dynamic exhibition that stirs our emotions and understanding of form, function, space and volume. This exhibition will open February 27th with an opening reception from 5-8pm, and be on view through April 3rd.
Gullie’s vibrant, surreal collages and Varosy’s bold abstract, figurative sculptures reflect one another. The figure is a central reference in their pieces, where it can take on many forms and shapes, from the obvious to a most fleeting gesture, affinity, or association of forms and relationships – together, their works unveil unique narratives waiting to be explored.
“After 25 years of working in the medium of hand-tinted photography, which for me often involved creating and directing surreal photographic tableaus, I found myself curiously drifting toward mixed media collage as a way to create a contemporary folk art experience. Collage gave me the artistic freedom to curate my dream world in a way that photographs could not. Collage also gave me the means to share it with others.” – Robert Gullie
Robert Gullie of Cohoes, NY creates in the mediums of mixed media collages, hand-tinted photography and in the photopolymer gravure printing process. Gullie’s work has been included in over eighty exhibitions including over twenty-five solo exhibitions. He is the recipient of numerous awards a NYFA Arts Residency Project Grant; the Gilliand-Weinheimer Oakroom Artist Award; 1st place in the photography category from Columbia County Council of the Arts and was named “Best Photographer” by Metroland Magazine (1997). His work has also been included in the permanent collections of The Kinsey Institute, University at Albany Art Museum, Mohonk Mountain House, Frances Kinnear Museum, Albany Medical College and the historic Mission House in Stockbridge Massachusetts in addition to many private collections. He has been commissioned by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (2010-2013) to create images for such celebrated arts organizations as The New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra and MOMIX Botanica. His work has also appeared on the covers of several regional periodicals and has been used as cover art for a number of CDs.
“Inevitably, the figure comes back. I am drawn to it, it is central and ever present. It can take many forms and enter many shapes, from the obvious to a most fleeting resonance, a gesture, an affinity, an association of forms and relationships that stirs something…And they are all connected and reflect on one another, whether carved and constructed in wood, modeled in clay or plaster or cast in bronze, completed today or years ago…It’s like you are working on the same piece, trying to find a solution…It will be gratifying if this congregation assembled here speaks to you.” – Gyula Varosy
Gyula Varosy was born in Hungary and came to the United States as a refugee in 1957. After receiving degrees in Architecture from Pratt Institute and Harvard University, he lived and worked in New York City, with a concentration in housing design. He moved to Greenwich, New York in 1990, when sculpture finally became his main focus. He has exhibited at various galleries in the northeast, including the Southern Vermont Arts Center, New York University, and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.
About the Laffer Gallery
Located at 96 Broad Street in Schuylerville, The Laffer Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 518-695-3181 or visit thelaffergallery.com.